Fi­nals at Fever pitch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Of Union -

WEST Coast Fever head to Syd­ney this week to play their first fi­nals se­ries, but miss out on a home-court ad­van­tage af­ter los­ing 56-63 to the NSW Swifts at Perth Arena last Satur­day.

Fever started slowly in front of a record 9703 crowd, with the vis­i­tors scor­ing the first three goals of the game.

The home side caught up af­ter five min­utes, but the Swifts took a five-goal lead in to the first break with con­sec­u­tive goals.

Erena Mikaere and April Let­ton had the hard task of stop­ping sharp­shoot­ers Caitlin Th­waites and Su­san Pet­titt, who shot at 88 per cent and 97 per cent ac­cu­racy.

Fever cap­tain Ash­leigh Brazill starred in cen­tre and goal-shooter Caitlin Bas­sett helped the home side get within a goal of their op­po­si­tion by half-time.

They let the gap slide to four goals by three­quar­ter time and the Swifts got out to a se­v­en­goal lead, which they main­tained, with five min­utes on the clock.

The teams will battle it out in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal this Fri­day.

Top: Fever’s April Let­ton. Above: A record crowd watched the match at Perth Arena.

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